Epic beach royalty battle for the crown
15 April 2019 | Sports
The concept for this tournament is to find the best individual athlete in the three 2-a-side categories.
The athletes, in their respective categories, are divided into groups of 4 and play one-set matches against each of the other three athletes in their group.
According to series and tournament director James Verrinder, to win at this event, you not only have to play great beach volleyball to be successful, you also have to be able to play with different partners that you may not be familiar with.
“This is a skill in itself and needs to be mastered to be able to succeed at this tournament.”
The ladies competition saw great beach volleyball, with athletes playing in two groups of four in a round robin format.
The second round again saw two groups playing three one-set matches, with the top two in each group going into the final and the bottom two, playing for places 5 through 8.
The final four comprised Nicole Abdinghoff, Marina Glatthor, Ndinelago Kasheeta and Rebecca Kandundu.
After a royal battle, Glatthor managed to win all her three games, leaving the silver and bronze podium to be decided on points difference: Kasheeta had the best points difference with -3 taking second spot ahead of Kandundu (-7) in third.
The youth category saw eight athletes (seven boys and a girl) participating.
During the first two rounds, there was some great beach volleyball demonstrated with all players getting a chance to advance.
However, the final four were Silja Utz, Julian Horenburg, André Utz and Max Böck.
The final was decided by a points difference as three out of the four athletes won two matches each. In the long run, the winning title went to Böck ahead of Horenburg in second spot followed by Utz in third.
This category saw 20 athletes playing three rounds to determine the final four which, most notably, included a performance by Namibian Sports Commission Chairman and former NVF President Joel Mathews.
In the final, three athletes all won two out of three matches. First place and the title of King of the Beach went to Conrad Johannes, ahead of Stefanas Kangandjera and Nikolai Gilck.
In this division, seven teams battled it out in a round-robin format for a podium spot.
This category was dominated by Happydu, who won all six of their matches.
After 21 matches, NUST Social bagged second spot ahead of Rebecca FC (St Pauls).
The next game on the schedule is the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic taking place on 26 May at the DTS Beach Arena in Windhoek.